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Certain businesses need a licence to operate. Before opening any business find out what the requirements are. You may not begin trading in a business that requires a licence before the licences has been issued. Trading without a valid licence is punishable with a fine of up to R2 000. Licensing is governed by the Business Act No 71 of 1991.
Businesses that need a licenceIf you are running any of the following businesses, you will need to apply for a licence. Please see Schedule 1 of the Business Act 71 of 1991 for details.
Food provisionYou need a licence to sell or supply meals, take-aways or perishable foodstuff.
Health and entertainment facilitiesYou need a licence for:
More information on getting a trade licence in Johannesburg, including the procedure and cost involved.